I’m Anna Mason. I’m a self-taught professional watercolour artist specialising in realism and botanical art.  I’ve created this website to share with you my watercolour technique and to help motivate you to begin or improve your own painting.

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How to paint realistic botanical bearded Iris in watercolour with Anna Mason

Have you ever looked at a flower and thought that it already looks like a painting? That’s exactly what I thought when I saw this beauty iris ‘Arctic Fancy’ at the Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Wisley. I literally had to lie down on the ground to take this photo prompting some pretty odd looks

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Learning to paint can be a solitary activity. But what you need the most is some positive feedback on your work. That’s why I’ve set up the gallery page. For you to share and to support each other.

Fortnightly Featured Gallery Painting

Every fortnight I select a painting uploaded to the gallery to feature here on the homepage- a painting with something really positive we can take from it!

My Agapanthus Bud


Here Judith Thompson has captured all the promise of this opening agapanthus bud. She found it really tricky but resisted the urge to give up and carried on to completion – applying the skills and confidence she’s gained though the School! Well done Judith, it’s great!

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“I am absolutely thrilled to have finally discovered a professional online course that teaches every detail – from how to hold the brush, mix the paint, the markings to make, and most importantly Anna’s unique painting method.” Sally Filer